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Paperback – 240 pages
5.5 Inches × 8.5 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 325 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781897408155
Pub. Date: 2008-07-15

About the Authors

Ted Bernard

Ted Bernard is a professor of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. He has studied community-based conservation in Africa and North America for more than three decades. He lives on a ridge-top farm with his wife Donna Lofgren, their two Maine Coon cats, and an array of wild critters, which is located ten miles upstream from the Ohio River in the Shade River watershed.

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Jora Young

Jora Young is currently Science & Stewarship Director for the Florida region of the Nature Conservancy, has a special interest in restoration and ecosystem processes, and lectures widely on ecosystem conservation.

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The Ecology Of Hope

Communities Collaborate for Sustainability

by Ted Bernard & Jora Young
foreword by Wes Jackson



The Ecology of Hope is a remarkably upbeat account of a number of communities where collaboration among different factions and interest groups has led to breakthrough consensus on plans for achieving sustainability. The authors reveal the hopeful trend toward unanimous agreement on difficult local resource issues in forestry, rangeland, watershed and fisheries management in which citizens, government, business and even one-time foes form exciting collaborative partnerships.

The Ecology of Hope recounts the stories of seven communities helping to blaze this new trail:

  • the Menominee Indians of northern Wisconsin who pioneered a progressive forest management program;
  • environmental restoration and biodiversity stewardship projects in Ohio, and the Chicago metropolitan area;
  • ground-breaking consensus in a highly polarized Californian logging town, and a rangeland-dependent community on the New Mexico-Arizona border;
  • a unique plan to develop tourism yet preserve traditional lifeways on a small Maine coast island; and
  • an ambitious experiment to protect world class coastal resources on Virginia's eastern shore while promoting long-term, ecologically sensible commerce.

The authors weigh what has worked and what has not, and trace hopeful routes toward sustainable resource management applicable to communities everywhere.

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